D.206 approves new budget for 2012-13 school year

2012-10-15T21:45:00Z 2012-10-15T23:26:09Z D.206 approves new budget for 2012-13 school yearBob Moulesong Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 15, 2012 9:45 pm  • 

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township High School District 206 board members approved a $50 million budget for the 2012-13 school year.

The budget will incur a deficit of $4.32 million.

Revenues for the district will total $45,692,251 for the fiscal school year. Expenditures will total $50,013,609.

Business Manager Ann Williams first presented a tentative budget to the School Board in August. That budget was put on public display for the required 30 days.

The board held a public participation meeting Sept. 17 to review the budget with both the board and the public. The board voted unanimously to pass the budget after the public hearing.

The total for the Educational Fund is $35,327,053.

Salaries for teachers and staff total $24,609,367. Benefits will cost $6,223,995. Purchased services are estimated to be $2,733,762, and supplies will total $2,396,186.

Operations and Maintenance will have revenues of $5,787,801 and expenditures of $6,141,504. Transportation revenues will be $3,195,319, while expenditures will be $3,530,500.

“The state currently owes the district $1.8 million from last year,” Williams said. “They have also informed us that they plan to pay 89 percent of what we were originally owed for this year.”

School Superintendent Lenell Navarre announced at Monday night’s board meeting the Finance Committee and business office plan to have a balanced budget by the 2016 fiscal school year.

The 2012-13 budget will still leave the district with a positive reserve fund balance of over $5 million.

The district also published the 2012 Administrator & Teacher Salary and Benefit Compensation Report. The report details the salary and the benefits package for each of the district teachers and administrators. The district is required by the state to publish this information.

Navarre said the report is posted on the district website for viewing.

The board also approved a request from Assistant Superintendent Rhona Israel to submit an application for recognition of schools for all three high schools in the district – Bloom, Bloom Trail and the Alternative Program.

Illinois recognizes schools that provide proof that teachers, aides and social workers are all certified and licensed. Principals also must provide proof of their administrative certificates. District 206 has been recognized for meeting these standards for several years, and Israel told the board she expects to be recognized again for the current school year.

The board also approved a lease for the Chicago Heights Soccer Club for the use of Veazy Gym from Jan. 12 through March 2. The lease will provide a partial waiver of rental fees to the club.

Navarre explained to the board that the majority of the participants in the soccer club are district students, which means that the partial waiver meets the guidelines set by the board.

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